Tuesday, May 28, 2019
The Worldbreaker Saga - Book One
I don't think I've ever read something like this in all my years of reading fantasy. It's a challenging read, no doubt about it. There are few familiar touch points, few things you can anchor to as you travel through this incredible universe that Kameron Hurley has built. You have to pay attention to everything - no skimming (not that I'm one to skim anyway.) and put away any kind of judgement you might have. This is indeed a strange new world and I have to admit, as much as it confused me, awed me, entranced me, it also scared the hell out of reader me. *LOL* I haven't had to concentrate on a read the way I concentrated on this for a long, long time.
This is one of those books where I wish I could write a really stellar review and talk intelligently about the choices and craft and intention and all that stuff. But I can't. I can just tell you how the book made me feel.
When I was on Goodreads adding the book as 'currently reading', I came across a review - that wasn't a review - written by the person who edited the book and I'm going to link it here because it's damned fascinating. Amanda's Review. And don't worry, there are no spoilers there.
I want to say that this, the first book of the saga, finishes with a cliffhanger, but it didn't feel like a cliffhanger? Yeah, there were a bunch... I mean, A BUNCH of unanswered questions, but I didn't get that "And then? And then? And then?" annoyingly frustrating feeling I usually do when left with a cliffhanger. I have the second book in my TBR pile and I will get to it soonish. I do want to know what's happening with all the characters and what the next step in this 'Worldbreaker' story is.
Would I recommend this book? Oh yes, very much. But it's not for everyone. Like I said, it's a challenging read, but a really good one.
Sunday, May 19, 2019
This is an early Nora, a Silhouette reprint from 1992 and boy, does it show.
The hero, Brady, is a tad overbearing for this day and age, the plot is somewhat dated and the actual writing... OMG, the HEAD-HOPPING!!! It's so bad... it's SO SO SO bad. I don't remember any Nora being this full of mexican jumping bean POVs.
It didn't help that I didn't like the heroine. She just rubbed me the wrong way. I found her rather self-centred and whiny which, I suppose, is what I'm supposed to feel because she's a high-strung concert pianist, but man... I really didn't like her.
Anyway, this Nora was a disappointment to me. I usually enjoy Nora's earlier work but this one... nope. I guess it's the exception that proves the rule?
Sunday, May 12, 2019
The Band - Book Two
Loved it! I have to think that Eames' Band books aren't for everyone. All the winks and jokes both subtle and broad might tend to grate on some people I'd think. But not me. I loved it all. I laughed out loud and marvelled at how he got away with things.
This book felt a wee bit darker than the first book, Kings of the Wyld, especially the ending, but I didn't mind at all. It felt complete.
We have the story of Tam Hashford, daughter of a one time band member and she wants nothing more than to be a band member herself. When one of the biggest and best mercenary bands rolls into town and she gets invited to be its next bard, well, the adventure begins. She's seventeen, I think, and we get to see how she grows and matures over the next little while. It's a short span of time, but she does some HUGE growing.
And Rose... Bloody Rose, daughter of Golden Gabe of Saga fame... she is an enigma. I thought we were going to get the story from her POV, but I was mistaken. We see her story through Tam's eyes, and it works really well.
Anyway, I loved it. It was a terrific sequel and I sure hope Nicholas does some more writing in this world because I'm fascinated by it!
Oh... one last thing. The covers of these books are GORGEOUS!!! I'd hang this one especially on my wall. Kudos to Richard Anderson for a thing of beauty!
Saturday, May 4, 2019
Dave Robicheaux - Book Four
Not gonna lie, the title of this book had a lot to do with me giving it a try when it showed up in the 'on sale' section at Kobo. Me and flamingos, all the way. 😊
So, it's very much a book of its time (published and set in 1990-ish) and I think there are probably terms of speech and attitudes that one wouldn't find today in a series about world-weary yet sometimes hopeful, often dark, detectives or private eyes. That being said, it reminded me a lot of my beloved Travis McGee novels by John D. MacDonald.
I'm not sure that I quite liked Dave Robicheaux, but he didn't piss me off or annoy me. To be fair, I'm starting here with book 4 in his series so I'm pretty sure I don't know him that well yet. His 'adventures' with the drug and mob culture in his part of the bayou outside New Orleans kept my interest and had enough twists and turns to keep me happy.
I guess the upshot is, yes, I'll probably read more of this series (there are 22 books in it), but the books won't be at the top of my list and will have to be on sale.